Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice - Engineering #202869

Western Carolina University

United States

December 20, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number FAC498P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // Classification Title Assistant/Associate Professor Working Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice - Engineering #202869 Department School of Engineering & Technology Position Summary

WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a “Get Vaccinated or Get Tested” policy effective September 15, 2021. This will require you demonstrate evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

This is a nine-month fixed-­term position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice. Rank will be determined at point of hire. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarship, advising, curriculum development, engagement with regional business and industry, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Anticipated begin work date is August 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

Applicants should have an interest to teach at the undergraduate level in one or more of the following areas:

● Industrial Control

● Electrical Power

● Electromagnetics

● Signal Processing

● Analog and Digital Communications

Applicants with laboratory and practical experiences are highly desirable. Applicants with experience in more than one area of need will be reviewed favorably.

About the Region:

Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 12,000-student regional comprehensive university in the University of North Carolina system. As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, WCU attracts students from around the globe for its nationally ranked programs, affordability through NC Promise and exceptional student support. Recognized as a top adventure college and surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, students can explore the region's vast natural diversity through unrivaled experiential learning and recreational activities.

WCU offers 120 undergraduate programs and more than 50 graduate programs. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, midway between Charlotte and Atlanta. WCU is 50 miles west of Asheville, NC, a city with vibrant art, entertainment, food, and culture scenes, and only 20 miles west of Waynesville, NC, the largest town in Western North Carolina. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities with WCU recently being voted the Top Adventure College in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

Commitment to Diversity/Equity:

All departments within the College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University are committed to attracting and retaining an academically and culturally diverse community of faculty. We value our faculty's and staff's unique identities and varied experiences. As a college community, we are dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive environment where ethical teaching and workplace practices are centered to build a more just workplace. Faculty and staff engage positivity-focused perspectives as allies and collaborators where potential for impactful change and movement toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity are goals. Racial and ethnic minoritized individuals, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching and service.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications

A minimum of three years of relevant industry experience, or documented equivalent, are required. At least a Master's degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering or Engineering is required prior to the starting date.

Preferred Qualifications Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week Number of Months Per Year 9

Open Date 11/19/2021

Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and pedagogical plans, unofficial transcripts, and complete contact information for a minimum of three professional references to complete the application process.

For additional information or questions contact Dr. Hugh Jack: telephone 828-227-2775, visit https://, or email

The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • List of references
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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